I’m Melissa Eskue Ousley,
award-winning author.

26220189_2030591787159087_176054528714963497_nI live on the Oregon coast with my family, a neurotic dog, two charming cats, and a piranha. How does one end up with a piranha? Valid question. You’ll have to check out my short story page for the answer.

My novels are often inspired by our gorgeous forests and beaches. I love ghost stories and folklore, so there’s usually a paranormal twist in my stories.

When I’m not writing, I can be found on the beach, looking for sand dollars or building a driftwood fort with my twin boys. I love marine biology and have been known to nerd out over tide pools. I also volunteer for my local wildlife center, where I get to do all kinds of fun jobs like caring for pelicans and hand-feeding owls and hawks. 

I’ve had a number of other jobs, from spending a summer scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway to getting my Ph.D. and working in higher education, helping students obtain a college education. I also teach writing and publishing classes and have edited novels for various presses.

I love to talk with readers, so I hope you’ll connect with me on Twitter or Facebook. Please visit my books page for more information about my writing, and be sure to visit my news page to read about upcoming projects and events.

Thanks for stopping by!


“…among the best in contemporary Young Adult Fiction.” —Parsons’ Rant

© Melissa Eskue Ousley 2012